Trip Report: 28 – 29 December 2015
The distance between where I was on the Orange River at Amanzi Trails River Adventure Camp and where I was stopping for the night at Quivertree Forest Rest Camp in the Karas Region by Keetmanshoop is 325 km. This drive should roughly take an hour and a half if you drive at the speed limit and don’t stop too much. I stop; hence I ended up having a lovely, calm 5-hour drive in the end. I also saved some juice by not putting the pedal to the metal.
I was on the road by 11 am. I had enjoyed a relaxing morning at the Orange River watching the river rafters take to the water for their three-day adventure.
I did a quick stop at Noordoewers Engen garage with its Wimpy to check my fuel and for my lazy man’s cappuccino and brunch to enjoy on the road.
The B1 road is in excellent condition. It was a beautiful and comfortable drive from the Noordoewer region through to the town of Keetmanshoop.
The mountain/hills, around 150km from the Orange River in Noordoewer had almost vanished from my memory as to how beautiful this area of Namibia is with its forever changing scenery and beauty in its simplicity.
The weather couldn’t have been kinder driving weather to me as the white, fluffy clouds were overhead. At times I felt wild and free with the wind blowing through my hair from my open window; otherwise, the aircon was on full blast to cool me down. A total of eight raindrops falls to the ground with the locals praying for some proper rain.
I noticed there weren’t many big trucks on the road. Usually, there would be quite a few you’d need to overtake, and I’d only passed two along my way. It was an easy, enjoyable drive due to this. The B1 didn’t feel congested at all. At times, it felt like I was the only one living here on earth. Wondering where everyone had gone to, or, if I had moved to another planet. It can be so still in so many ways. It felt so good to be on the open road again, and my senses were absorbing all the beauty along the way.
At 250km from Noordoewer and still 50 kilometres from Keetmanshoop, some signs started to pop up alongside the road, reading Biltong, Farm Bread and Coffee. That is all I needed to make a roadside pitstop at Kitchen 51. I was impressed that it lived up to its delightful offers with some extra goodies like arts, crafts, leather bags, braai grids and accessories, some cards with sayings amongst other things. The barrister behind the counter was wearing his Chef uniform with pride while he made me a fantastic cappuccino for the road. They were out of stock on the Springbok and Beef biltong so I settled for some Gemsbok biltong. I also bought two bags of ice to fill up the cooler box and a leather fly swatter for N$24 as I needed to get rid of two flies that have been hitching a ride. Kitchen 51 is a pleasant change from the usual one stop garage shop.
An Engen one stop garage with a Wimpy restaurant and a Puma garage are situated just before reaching Keetmanshoop on the South side.
To get to my destination for the night which was to be Quivertree Forest Rest Camp. I turned right off the B1 onto the C16/M29. This road is only a couple of kilometres from Keetmanshoops road that is leading off, left, that’ll take you into town. You drive on the C16 road for only 750 meters then turn off to the left, to carry on with the M29. This road was a heavily corrugated gravel road that you drive for twelve and a half kilometres till you reach Quivertree Forest Rest Camp on the left. It is in total, only 13 kilometres from the B1.
My tyres were hot from the drive, probably well over 30 kPa. It would have been wiser to have let the air down a bit to handle the road condition better as my body felt every little bump in the road.
I arrived at my destination in Karas at 4 pm after a 5-hour slow cruise from Noordoewer.